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India Win Asia Cup Finals Against Sri Lanka

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India Win Asia Cup Finals Against Sri Lanka

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Mohammed Siraj delivered a remarkable bowling performance, including a remarkable feat of taking four wickets in a single over, during the final of the 2023 Asia Cup in Colombo on Sunday (September 17). His fiery bowling display led to Sri Lanka being dismissed for a mere 50 runs. India then achieved the target in just 6.1 overs, thanks to an unbroken 51-run partnership between openers Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan, securing their eighth Asia Cup title.

Mohammed Siraj’s remarkable performance, which yielded career-best figures of 6-21, marked only the second instance of a six-wicket haul in the history of the Asia Cup. It also stood as the best-ever bowling performance against Sri Lanka, surpassing Waqar Younis’s 6-26 achieved in 1990. This terrific bowling display led to India’s most one-sided victory in terms of deliveries remaining, as they secured the win with a remarkable 263 balls to spare.

The Sri Lankan top order suffered a catastrophic collapse, with six wickets falling within the opening six overs, courtesy of Mohammed Siraj’s destructive bowling. He achieved a five-wicket haul in just 16 deliveries, and as a result, Sri Lanka found themselves reeling at 12/6. This marked the joint-lowest score at the fall of the sixth wicket in all One-Day Internationals (ODIs).


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Dasun Shanaka’s choice to bat first played into the hands of the Indian fast bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah claimed the initial wicket by inducing Kusal Perera to edge the ball to the wicketkeeper in the first over. After two overs without a wicket, Mohammed Siraj tore through Sri Lanka’s top-order in the fourth over. Pathum Nissanka hit one to backward point, Sadeera Samarawickrama was declared leg-before-wicket, Charith Asalanka chipped a catch to the cover fielder, and Dhananjaya de Silva was caught behind. Siraj made history by becoming the first Indian to take four wickets in a single over in ODIs.

Following a maiden over from Bumrah, Siraj struck again, dismissing Dasun Shanaka for zero and becoming the first Indian to secure five wickets within the first 10 overs of an ODI. Kusal Mendis attempted to stabilize the innings, but he fell victim to Siraj’s bowling, marking the bowler’s sixth wicket in just six overs. A well-placed short delivery from Hardik Pandya led to Dunith Wellalage’s dismissal for 8 runs, causing Sri Lanka to stumble to a score of 40/8.

Dushan Hemantha stepped in for the injured Maheesh Theekshana and scored important runs to prevent their team from achieving the lowest ODI score, bringing them to a fifty-run mark. However, Pandya took the wickets of Pramod Madushan and Matheesha Pathirana in the 16th over, resulting in Sri Lanka recording the lowest total in an ODI final.

The Sri Lankan fast bowlers received some assistance from the pitch, but their bowling lacked consistency. This allowed Gill and Kishan to hit numerous boundaries. Their deliveries were either too short or too full, and the Indian batsmen responded with drives, cuts, and pulls, moving India closer to the target. Gill hit six fours, while Kishan struck three boundaries and secured the winning run.

Final Scores:

Sri Lanka 50 in 15.2 overs (Kusal Mendis 17, Dushan Hemantha 13*; Mohammed Siraj 6-21, Hardik Pandya 3-3) lost to India 51/0 in 6.1 overs (Shubman Gill 27*, Ishan Kishan 23*) by 10 wickets.


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